ERIC Number: ED164523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-26
Reference Count: 0
Demographic Changes and School Finance and Organization: Their Interrelationships.
Katzman, Martin T.
The implications of imperfectly predictable demographic changes on public schools in the 1980's provide the focus of this paper. Major changes that are relevant to the educational sector are briefly described raising the questions whether these changes are temporary aberrations or indicative of future trends. The effects of changes in enrollment on the costs and quality of education are discussed. Included is a discussion of the effect of changing family composition--fewer households with children, fewer children of school age in the total population--on electoral support for expenditures on education versus expenditures on other public services or tax reductions. The reciprocal relationship between school finance and organization and central-city decline is discussed, particularly the middle-class or "White Flight" controversy. At issue is whether changes in the pattern of finance or organization can significantly affect the decline in the proportion of white, middle-class families that choose to live in the central city. Finally, several policy recommendations for dealing with the consequences and causes of decline are suggested. (Author/JMF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson Inst., Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Future Trends in Education Policy, September 15-16, 1977, sponsored by the National Institute of Education